04/02/2003 1:00AM

Charles Town track report


Ronney Brown finished the three-month winter meet, which concluded March 29, as the dominant trainer at Charles Town with 35 wins in 174 starts.

Jeff Runco, after a slow start, finished second with 18 wins, three ahead of Bruce Kravets. Maryland-based trainer Dale Capuano saddled 50 fewer horses than Kravets, but finished only one win behind him, 15-14, thanks to going 14 for 35 (40 percent) with the runners he shipped to West Virginia.

The top percentage trainers were Amy Albright (10 for 17, 59 percent) and Busanda Armstrong (5 for 10, 50 percent).

Matt McGowan, who recently moved from apprentice to journeyman status, led the jockey standings with 37 winners. Travis Dunkelberger finished second with 33 wins, two ahead of Paul Nicol and Anthony Mawing.

Kevin Patterson's Diamond Oak Stud won 10 races to edge Michael Gill by one in the race for leading owner. John McKee finished third with eight wins.

* Luis Garcia, 18, who recently arrived from Puerto Rico and rides with a five-pound apprentice allowance, is picking up a lot of mounts for Brown. Garcia rode Well Pulverized ($3.20) and Blue Blue Sea ($10.60) for Brown on last Saturday's program. Through his first 83 mounts, Garcia has ridden nine winners.

* Confucius Say, two-time winner of the West Virginia Breeders' Classic, heads the list of nominees for Charles Town's first stakes of the season, the $35,000 Potomac Stakes for West Virginia-breds at seven furlongs on April 12.

* Construction is under way to add air conditioning and ventilation ducts on the second floor mezzanine level of the grandstand.